Seniors Enjoy Glasgow in Big Sky Country

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Glasgow, a town near Fort Peck Lake is the county seat of Valley County, Montana. The population runs just over 3,500. The Scotties of Glasgow High School have put the town on the map with 46 Montana State Championships in their storied history.  

A major draw for senior tourists is the Glasgow Pioneer Museum of Valley County where you will find some super genealogical archives and the Western Reading Room.

 The town was named after Glasgow, Scotland and overlooks the Milk River Valley. The river is a major tributary of the Missouri River. Glasgow, maintains its roots as a busy agricultural and commerce hub in Northeastern, Montana. In the 1960s the population flourished up to 12,000 because of Glasgow Air Force Base (SAC).

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This small town has much to offer the senior traveler and families relocating from another area. Like so many Montana towns, Glasgow began as a railroad town in the 1880′s. Today its economy is heavily dependent on agriculture. Wheat, alfalfa, and barley are the main crops with a large number of beef cattle herds as well.

Water pastimes such as fishing, swimming, and boating are popular on the nearby Missouri River and Fort Peck Lake. The city even has its own international airport, so you can fly in yourself.

 Seniors Birders and Wildlife Enthusiasts Welcomed

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Senior visitors are guaranteed to see wildlife all around as you travel northeast Montana’s roads and highways, lakes and rivers. Bighorn sheep, deer, elk, and pronghorn antelope are among the large mammals you’ll see on Montana prairies. Birders will thrill at the variety of resident and migrating birds found in the region, including pheasants, grouse, osprey, eagles, and cranes.

 American Indians inhabited the region for centuries, and extensive buffalo and pronghorn antelope herds provided ample food for the nomadic tribes. The Nakoda, Lakota and Dakota peoples alternately inhabited and claimed the region from the 16th to the late 19th centuries.

In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition came within 15 miles of the future site of the city of Glasgow and noted the extensive herds of buffalo and various game.

Glasgow was founded in 1887 as a railroad town by James Hill, who was responsible for creating many communities along what is called the High-Line of the BNSF Railway.

Glasgow is served daily westbound and eastbound by Amtrak’s Empire Builder so senior travelers can easily arrive in town by train or car. Enjoy your visit to Glasgow.  jeb

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